Phaal Curry

August 22, 2009

Phaal Curry

Phaal Curry

Brick Lane Curry House: Now I am not a guy who likes spicy foods, so you can call me a lightweight, but I love Indian food and true India food is spicy. The base used in most Indian food is curry, which is a stew like sauce that mixes coriander, cumin, and turmeric with a whole variety of chili’s. Now at the Brick Lane Curry House they have 14 different curries based on levels of heat, from mildest to spiciest. I personally would probably never go above even medium heat, but hey I am a lightweight.

Now the mildest curry is tikka masala, which has almost no spice, and the heat rises until you get to the hottest one called vindaloo. Each of the curries can be had with your choice of chicken, lamb, goat, fish, shrimp, paneer, tofu, or vegetables. But that is not it, there is also phaal for those who dare to test their tolerance of spice.

Phaal actually came from a dare to see who could eat the most spice and it is vindaloo to the power of 10. Now that is spicy and I don’t think I would even want to smell it. The cocktail of spices are so potent that the cook has to use a gas mask as protection to not breath any of spice powders in while cooking it. Phaal combines 10 different spices and if you can eat a whole 16 oz bowl of Phaal you get your picture on their website and a certificate of completion. Of all the people who have tried about 90% of people fail to conquer this beast.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

Address: 306 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003


note: as seen on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel

One Response to “Phaal Curry”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I live in Montreal and there is only one restaurant that I know of that serves this dish. It is the “Etoille D’Inde” or Star of India on St. Catherine’s st. My father has eaten this dish every time we go there, and he loves it. My father is Indian of Iranian descent and grew up eating mild north Indian and Iranian dishes he has developed a taste for very spicy Indian food.

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